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2012 Delta Charter Graduate is named NFL All American; finds herself at UC Berkeley this fall:
2012 Delta Charter Graduate is named NFL All American; finds herself at UC Berkeley this fall:

Delta Charter School’s Sheelah Bearfoot has finished her high school Forensics career in elite company; Sheelah ended the year among the top 25 Academic All Americans recently published by the National Forensics League (NFL).  Students featured in the top 25 earned more cumulative national tournament points than over 120,000 other Speech and Debate students competing in such tournaments nationwide.  While Sheelah’s high school accomplishments are impressive, she is now a freshman at UC Berkeley and her teacher’s at Delta Charter are looking forward to what her future holds.  Sheelah isn’t the only Delta Speech and Debate team member to head off to college or university this past year, however, her spot as an All American distinguishes her achievements as a member of the Delta Charter Forensics Team.

Excellence in the area of Forensics is nothing new for Delta Charter School; for nearly a decade now, Delta Charter High School’s speech and debate team has sent its students to compete at Nationals for Speech and Debate in what is billed as the world’s largest academic competition. Delta’s performance at state and national competition have consistently placed the small, yet mighty, charter school in the top 10% of speech and debate teams nationwide recognized by the National Forensic League (the oldest and largest interscholastic forensic organization). As a member of the National Forensic League students pledge to uphold the highest standards of integrity, humility, respect, leadership and service in the pursuit of excellence. These expectations hold true for all students enrolled at delta Charter School. At Delta, the school motto is Success is the Only Option. However we all know success can be measured in many ways when it comes to today’s high school student. While participation in speech and debate doesn’t guarantee a student will increase their score on the California Standards Test (CST), there is a growing body of research that indicates activities like speech and debate are likely to pay much higher dividends for today’s high school senior than that of an excellent CST Score. In his essay "Forensics and College Admissions", professor Minh A. Luong of Yale University contends that of all extracurricular involvement, forensics activities increase an applicant's chance of admission.

According to the Wall Street Journal (Interactive Edition, April 16, 1999), college admissions directors are relying less on grade point averages and standardized test scores and are relying more on success in academically related extracurricular activities such as speech and debate as well as drama. The Wall Street Journal report specifically highlighted a "consistent trend" — one that forensic coaches have known for a long time — that dedicated participation in drama and debate has significantly increased the success rate of college applicants at all schools that track such data. State and national award winners have a 22%–30% higher acceptance rate at top tier colleges and being captain of the debate team "improved an applicant's chances by more than 60% compared with the rest of the pool," according to the report. This is significantly better than other extracurricular activities that tend to recruit from the same pool of students as forensic teams such as school newspaper reporter (+3%), sports team captain (+5%), class president (+5%), and band (+3%). Even without winning major awards, participation in speech and debate develops valuable skills that colleges are seeking out and that is reflected in the above average acceptance rate (+4%). This data clearly tells us that colleges and universities are looking for articulate thinkers and communicators who will become active citizens and leaders of tomorrow.  At Delta Charter School, it is part of the school’s mission to prepare students for college and beyond through personalized learning opportunities designed to maximize a student’s potential.  Interested students and families can learn more about Delta Charter at www.deltacharter.net.  

About Delta Charter School:

Delta Charter School is a WASC-accredited public charter school in Tracy, CA. Through learning centers in Tracy, Manteca and Stockton, Delta offers several innovative programs as a full-time educational alternative for qualified students in grades K-12 in San Joaquin and adjoining counties. Delta is a 21st Century tuition-free public charter school, offering blended digital/onsite curriculum or strictly online learning supported by California Credentialed Teachers and Education Coordinators.  (www.deltacharterschool.net)


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